George and his helpers transformed an abandoned pond into a turtle habitat at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium. They installed a 200-linear-foot containment barrier to turn the pond into a turtle exhibit, and planted more than 100 native plants to create an environment best suited to turtles.
Before the project, the pond was algae-infested and neglected. George, who had visited the aquarium since he was a toddler, noticed that the pond resembled a turtle’s natural habitat and thought it could provide a more natural home for the native New York turtles that were living in a repurposed trout pond.
On Hatchling Turtle Day, August 17, 2019, they released turtles into their new pond. This is the first new exhibit at the facility in ten years and will benefit the 35,000 annual visitors.
— George, Troop 253, Oyster Bay, N.Y.